These courses are aimed at novice and experienced donkey owners and they include theory and practical sessions. These courses are open to people interested in owning donkeys and want to find out more.


Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus) all future Donkey Care courses have been cancelled and we are no longer taking bookings. This situation is being reviewed on a monthly basis. Please continue to check these pages for updates.

Training courses

Important notice about behaviour and clicker training (Stage 4, Stage 5 and Stage 6)

Our behaviour training courses are currently on hold and being re-evaluated by our lead behaviourist. As a result we are not accepting any new behaviour or clicker training bookings. Please keep an eye on our website for any updates.

Courses run during the week from 10.00am until 4.00pm (unless otherwise specified) and include theory and practical sessions. A certificate of attendance will be presented on completion of the day.

Three miles down the road from our main sanctuary on one of our outlying farms, we have a specialised training facility that opened in 1993. The Training Centre has a large and well-equipped lecture room, with seating for up to 25 people. There are a variety of courses available on a regular basis at the Training Centre as well as at the following locations (Stages 4, 5 and 6 are currently only delivered from our Sidmouth and Buxton venues):

  • Buckinghamshire - Princes Risborough
  • Devon - Sidmouth
  • Derbyshire - Buxton
  • Lincolnshire - Bransby
  • Norfolk - Snetterton
  • Nottingham - Brackenhurst Campus, Nottingham Trent University
  • West Sussex - Haywards Heath.

We also run occasional courses at our donkey-assisted therapy centres in:

  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • Manchester
  • Scotland - Aberdeenshire and South Lanarkshire. *

* There are currently no prearranged training dates for this area. If you would like to attend a Stage 1 course in Scotland please contact the training centre using the online booking form so we can monitor interest and arrange accordingly.

There are limited bus services to our training venues so you will require your own transport or use a local taxi firm.

To find out about courses running in your area, please visit our events page and select the location closest to you.

How much does it cost to attend a course?

Course are free of charge; we do however gratefully accept donations that help support our work. You can leave a donation with your trainer on the day of the course or alternatively make a donation by other methods.

Specialised training courses

If your organisation has interaction with donkeys or mules then we are very happy to discuss the possibility of tailor making a course to meet your needs. Please contact us for more information.


In compliance with our health and safety regulations and for the consideration of other course attendees, our donkey care and behaviour training courses are not suitable for children under the age of 16. Attendees aged 16 must always be accompanied by a responsible adult.

If your situation requires training to include younger members of your family who will be involved in the care of your donkeys please contact the training team on 01395 573161 to discuss your individual needs.

Further information

When you book on a course we will send you directions, health and safety information, and information on the day.

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